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Renting trumps retail

Renting trumps retail

By Laura Timberlake The festive season is fast approaching. The tail end of Spring Racing is coming up, only to be followed by numerous events leading up to Christmas. What is a girl to do for clothing options? So many events require a lot of new outfits. That’s where renting comes in. The concept gained

Chareli’s Angel

By Katie Wong Hoy This Maltese Cross Shih Tzu is Chareli’s Angel. Escaping the hustle and bustle in Melbourne’s CBD, Chareli Seet and her dog Wira enjoy a quiet afternoon at Flagstaff Gardens. Wira is a three-year-old Maltese Cross Shih Tzu that captured Chareli’s heart on the website Gumtree. “I just wanted a dog and

The adventures of Pieces

As spring begins to settle in and the weather is becoming a bit warmer, Pieces decided to travel the streets in style by taking one of Melbourne’s famous horse and carriage tours along Swanston St. Back in the early days, horses were the main source of transporting people and goods all over Victoria. These days

Interim planning controls

By Laurence Dragomir Chief amongst planning news in an otherwise quiet period within the CBD is the introduction of the Victorian Government’s new interim planning controls for the CBD and parts of Southbank – Amendment C262 to the Melbourne Planning Scheme. The interim controls see the re-introduction of site plot ratios. Additionally, the City of

New dental clinic

If your pearly whites are in need of some attention then head on over to the city’s newest dental clinic. Located at the base of the Channel 9 building at 717 Bourke St (enter via Aurora Lane), Southern Cross Smiles is close by for local workers and residents and is easily accessible via Southern Cross

Corporate catering in the CBD

It was 1991 and Elizabeth and Andrew Dunoon set out to achieve the Australian dream of owning their own home and business. What started back then as Hannigan’s Cafe in Lonsdale St has today evolved into the highly-successful Elizabeth Andrews Corporate Catering. Andrew recalls that in 1991, business was going from strength to strength until

It’s a race of flowers

By Laura Timberlake Every major race day in the Spring Racing Carnival has a specific flower dedicated to it. These serve as an official emblem, a symbol of celebration and (for the dedicated punters) a symbol of luck. To create a twist to your race day outfit, why not consider incorporating one of the symbolic

Shipping on the Yarra River

Victoria Dock, Melbourne 1913 During the early years of European settlement in Melbourne (1830s – 1840s) a sand bar at the mouth of the Yarra River prevented the passage of vessels up stream to the small settlement of Melbourne. Large vessels were forced to anchor off Sandridge (Port Melbourne) or Williamstown with passengers and luggage

In praise of reading

By Rhonda Dredge New Zealand novelist Eleanor Catton filled the CBD’s Deakin Edge theatre with readers during Melbourne Writers Festival, using the delicate art of narrative to give them wings.   Catton’s most recent novel, The Luminaries, took her five years to write and is a structural masterpiece set in the New Zealand goldfields. The

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